Rose Garden Planting TipsRose Garden Planting Tips
Many beginners to the hobby of rose gardening assume that they will have to prepare to make a great deal of fuss over their flowers. The common misconception is that all roses are delicate and liable to simply drop dead at any time. Most people are pleasantly surprised to discover that roses actually need relatively little care.
Unless you plan to grow roses for exhibition, they are not too hard to grow, and they can provide a great deal of enjoyment as they are beautiful to look upon and delicious to smell.
While roses are not terribly difficult to cultivate, they are just like other plants in that it is important to give them proper care. They are not more difficult than most other plants to care for, but they do require some care and careful planting.
When you decide to plant a rose garden, it is important to keep in mind that you will need to care for and fertilize your roses and ensure that they are well fortified against diseases and pests. There are five basic things that can help beginners as they plant a rose garden. These five tips can help rose garden beginners create a more successful garden.
(1) – Know the different types of roses and what kinds of soil and climate they like. From the yellow brier rose to the Maiden’s Blush white rush, a visit to your local plant nursery can help you determine this information rather easily. You could also ask a master gardener or a local horticulturist.
Make sure that the varieties of rose that you decide to plant are well suited to survive in your region. Planting roses that only have a fair chance of survival in the growing conditions you have leads only to a measure of frustration. Choosing rose varieties that will thrive ensures that you will have a good rose garden experience, and this is vital to the beginner.
(2) – Plant roses during the autumn months or in early spring. This gives them more time to adjust to their homes, as well as store up energy for a longer and better blooming season later in the year. With the exceptions of container-grown roses and mini roses, it is best to use dormant plants when you decide to plant a rose garden. If you are using transplanted rose bushes, wait until the fall when the plant becomes dormant, or in the early spring, while the plant is still dormant.
(3) – Ensure that your rose garden is planted where it can get 5 to 6 hours of sunlight. Some climbing roses, shrubs, and Rugosa varieties are fine in shadier areas, but most roses like a decent amount of sun. In order to avoid mildew and blackspot on your roses, you should plant them where they receive morning sunshine. Morning sunshine helps to dry off the leaves, and this, in turn, prevents blackspot and mildew. Roses that are left in the shade for the first part of the day are not as dried off and are more susceptible to these afflictions.
(4) – When planting your rose garden, make sure that you provide a rich nutrient source for your roses. This does not have to be rose food. It is actually a good idea to use well-rotted manure or compost to the planting holes of your rose plants.
Add a bit (only a handful or so) of bone meal and mix it with your compost or manure. This provides a rich fertile environment that nourishes the rose roots and encourages them to strengthen and take better hold. Fertilizer can be added after planting to help continue to provide a soil chock full of nutrients. Organic fertilizers like sea kelp and Canola meal are great rose garden fertilizers. When you provide adequate food for your roses, you greatly increase their chances of success.
(5) – Finally, make sure that you water your rose garden well upon planting. This is an essential part of planting your rose garden. Water is the most important food a rose can have. A great deal of rose food with little water does not do a great deal of good. However, if you adequately water your rose garden, it will be more successful than a garden that receives specially formulated rose food but hardly any water. Rose food is not a necessity; water is a very big one.
Flowers an Easy Addition to Any Garden
To the beginning gardener, the concept of planting flowers is exciting but overwhelming. There are so many types, so many different planting periods, so much to consider. Walking into a nursery can make your head swim.
The first thing that’s important to remember as you head to a home improvement garden section or a nursery, is the employees are experts at gardening. They can help you pick the right flowers for the different areas of your home, give you some basic tips about how to care for different flowers and suggest the best flowers for your climate and how much time you want to invest in taking care of your them. But before you go in, you might want to arm yourself with some basic knowledge.
Perennial Flowers vs. Annual Flowers
It really comes down to just a few basic principles. You’ll want to know, for example, if you want to plant perennial flowers or annual flowers.
- Annual flowers are those that begin and end their entire lifecycle in one growing season. So you plant a seed or a small plant, it grows the foliage, then the flowers and the plant dies, all in the same year. They generally bloom from spring until the first frost of the autumn or winter, depending on your climate. Although you do have to replace them year after year, annual flowers tend to be the showiest with lots of colorful blooms.
- most popular annual flowers include zinnias, impatiens, petunias, and marigolds.
- Perennial flowers grow for three or more years. Most perennial flowers have a relatively short season of bloom, but you can elongate your bloom season by combining several different types of species so something is always blooming.
- Generally, there are more choices available in perennial flowers than annuals. Some of the most popular perennial flowers include hosta, peonies, daylilies, and garden mums.
The most popular – and generally successful – way to plant flowers is as seedlings or small plants. That is best done in the spring when the chance of frost is past. If you want to plant from seed, you’ll need to start the seeds in February or March and keep them indoors or somewhere warm until sprouts appear and it’s safe to plant the seedlings in the ground. If you want to plant flowers from bulbs – like tulips or daffodils – you’ll need to get the bulbs in the ground in the fall so they are ready in the spring to bloom.